A dog can be a good companion for a senior citizen. Seniors who are retired and have grown children may want a canine friend. Some breeds are better choices for a senior. Generally, the smaller breeds are better. They don’t pull on the leash with enough force to drag someone down, and they are easier to take to and from the vet. Some possibilities include:
Pugs originated in China. They’re a small dog, with males weighing up to 20 pounds. They have smooth, short hair, so grooming them is easy. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Pugs are known for being adaptable. They’ll adjust to almost any lifestyle, be it that of an athlete or a couch potato. That adaptability means they get along well with other pets.
The Maltese is an ancient breed, and it possibly dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Aristotle described dogs resembling them, and they were popular with women in Ancient Rome.
Maltese are one of the toy breeds and weigh between 4 and 7 pounds. They are pure white with long flowing hair, so they do need regular bathing and grooming to look their best.
Although an active breed, they don’t need much exercise. They will get enough of that just from following their owner around or playing in the yard.
3) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originated in England, it and was once a favorite pet of the royal family. It is one of the largest of the toy breeds and weighs between 13 and 18 pounds.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has long silky hair that comes in one four distinct patterns. Grooming is straightforward. The dog needs to be combed and brushed several times a week to keep its coat from getting tangled and to keep it from shedding all over the place.
These dogs are affectionate and undemanding, but they can be timid. They can be playful, but they also love to sit in people’s laps.
The Shih-Tzu is an ancient breed from China. They have been depicted in Chinese art dating back to the 7th century. They generally weigh between 9 and 16 pounds. They have long dense fur that requires grooming. Some people do take the dog to a groomer to get the dog a haircut.
Shih-Tzu are not particularly active dogs and don’t need much exercise beyond a play session in the yard and a daily walk. They are quiet, intelligent, but they do not like to be left alone.
5) Boston Terrier
As the name suggests, Boston Terriers originated in Boston. The first Boston Terriers could weigh over 45 pounds and were bred for dog fighting. These days, they weigh 10 to 25 pounds.
Unlike their thuggish ancestors, modern Boston Terriers are sometimes called “American Gentleman” because their short coat comes in a tuxedo pattern. They do shed, so brushing them once a week to get rid of loose hair is recommended.
While the original Boston Terrier was bred to be vicious, the modern dog is friendly, playful, and quiet. They are also intelligent, easy to train, and do well in apartments.